When we hear about addiction, we usually think of drug or alcohol abuse. Addiction comes in many forms, including addictive behaviors. A person can develop an addiction to gambling, shopping, porn, the Internet, and gaming.
Many people use the Internet on a daily basis for work, playing games, business transactions, and social media. When a person becomes addicted to the Internet, he or she has developed a habit they continue to do despite the harmful consequences. The brain changes chemically and physiologically when a person develops an addiction. Internet addiction interferes with relationships because the person spends most or all of his or her time online.
According to Christina Gregory, Ph.D., who wrote about Internet Addiction for PSYCOM, “The most commonly identified categories of Internet Addiction include gaming, social networking, email, blogging, online shopping, and inappropriate Internet pornography use.” She also added, “Some evidence suggests that if you are suffering from Internet Addiction Disorder, your brain makeup is similar to those that suffer from a chemical dependency, such as drugs or alcohol.”
A person who struggles with a gaming addiction stays home and avoids social situations. He or she cultivates emotional attachments to online friends and the virtual world they make up. People who suffer with a gaming addiction use a fantasy world to meet people online instead of developing real-life human connections. Gaming is used as a way to escape reality and cope.
A person with an Internet or gaming addiction enjoys all the aspects of socializing through chat rooms, group forums, social media, or other activities. Some spend endless hours researching a topic of interest or blogging.
Signs of an Internet or gaming addiction include:
- Spending more time online than intended
- Failure to control behavior
- Using the Internet or gaming as a way to escape from problems
- Lying about Internet or gaming involvement
- Neglecting significant relationships
- Craving more time online
Addiction affects a person’s family, academics, savings, and occupation. Individuals with an Internet or gaming addiction spend more time in solitude and spend less time with real-life relationships. Addiction can be disruptive by causing arguments with loved ones.
If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction or addictive behavior, get help today. A mental health evaluation may be required to treat any underlying mental health conditions. Addiction is treatable and recovery is possible.
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